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Signed 'Rosset Scvlpsit A St Clavde 1768' on a variegated marble base
Size: 26cm high – 10¼ ins high
Joseph Rosset (1703-1786) was born in St Claude and maintained a studio there. Voltaire lived nearby in a chateau at Ferney close to the Swiss border from 1758-78, where he enjoyed the social liberty of France together with the political liberty of Geneva. Rosset became an intimate of the philosopher and worked with him at Ferney. This bronze is a finely detailed cast and Rosset was also known for his crisp ivory carvings.